“For a change, the redistribution of wealth will come to Johnson County, rather than the other way around,” Kansas City Star columnist Steve Rose wrote about Gov. Sam Brownback’s big tax cut. “Residents who are poor in Kansas are now subsidizing Johnson County’s wealthy residents. This looks like a bonanza.” He noted that “Johnson County pays nearly a third of all personal income taxes in the state. So a disproportionate amount of tax cuts will be a windfall to our county’s residents.” Johnson County also stands to benefit if small businesses decide to cross the border from the Missouri side of Kansas City in order to avoid income taxes. Overall, however, Rose sees the tax cut and resulting budget deficits as a net loss for Johnson County. “When the ax falls to balance the budget, Johnson County schools especially will feel the brunt of it,” he said.
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